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German exports in steepest fall since 2009 while French sentiment takes hit

Exports from Germany weakened 5% in August; economists trim growth forecasts for 2015

Frankfurt

GERMAN exports slumped the most since the height of the 2009 recession in a sign that Europe's largest economy is feeling the pain of weakening global trade.

Foreign sales declined 5.2 per cent in August from the previous month, the Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden